Stacey Dooley rejected from Who Do You Think You Are?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 March 2021
Stacey Dooley

Stacey Dooley

Stacey Dooley was told her backstory wasn't gripping enough to be on 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Stacey Dooley was rejected from ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ for not having an “interesting” background.

The 33-year-old presenter is keen to know more about her family history because her dad walked out on her mum when she was just two years old and she has no contact with him or his relatives so was excited when she was approached by the genealogy show, only for them to tell her her backstory wasn’t gripping enough for a TV programme.

She said: “I’ve got a great relationship with my mum, but yes, it’s well documented that my biological father was never around.

“Not a bad guy, just sort of had his own issues and his own demons. But now he’s dead, so you can’t really…’

“I know very little about my father’s side, and I’d love to know more, actually.

“It’s funny, a couple of years ago I was approached by the ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ producers and I said I’d love to do the show.

“They went and did their research and came back saying there was nothing interesting enough about my family history to fill an hour! It’s all Ireland, Ireland, Ireland, Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool.”

The ‘This Is My House’ host praised her mother for her “principled” stance on her father but admitted she’s unsure she’d be as “dignified” if she’d been in the same situation.

She told the Mail on Sunday's You magazine: “As an adult, I think about it more. I’d have liked to know a bit more about my father, what traits I’ve inherited from him.

“My mum has always been brilliant when I’ve asked questions, and there’s only been a handful of times when I have, but she’s always dignified about the whole thing. Because I’m sure at times it was really tricky.

“But she answers whatever she can. She says, ‘Ultimately he gave me you, so I’ll be eternally grateful to him for that.’ And I think, that’s so principled. I don’t know if I would be.”

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